Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America*
Author: Matthew Avery Sutton
Description: McPherson’s integration of politics with faith set precedents for the religious right, while her celebrity status, use of spectacle, and mass media savvy came to define modern evangelicalism.
Americans Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams*
Author: Peter Richardson
Description: This biography details the contributions of one of the nation’s most progressive and influential writers and activists during the middle part of the 20th Century. McWilliams lived in Echo Park during the 1940s in a hilltop home on Alvarado Street.
Americans & the California Dream, 1850-1915 *
Description: This book explores the emergence of California as a regional civilization in the late nineteenth century.
The Barlow Story
Author: W. Robert Finnegan
Description: Barlow Hospital in Elysian Park was built more than a century ago to treat respiratory diseases. Its early supporters included some of the city’s most prominent families.
Batchelder Tilemaker *
Author: Robert Winter
Description: Batchelder tiles are found in Craftsman and Spanish-style homes across Los Angeles, including Echo Park. This book provides insights into Batchelder and his colorful creations.
Bohemian Modern: Living in Silverlake *
Author: Barbara Bestor
Description: One of the country’s most renowned modernist architects, Barbara Bestor has fully embraced the Silverlake & Echo Park “bohemian modern” style. It is a look that favors raw, authentic materials, brilliant colors, creative space planning, and a natural flow between indoors and outdoors.
California Bungalows of the Twenties*
Author: Henry L.Wilson
Description: Reprint of rare catalog includes front or front-angled elevations, floor plans and interior sketches for dozens of authentic bungalow designs, many unique to the California landscape.
California: The Great Exception *
Author: Carey McWilliams
Description: This work by McWilliams, who once lived in Echo Park, is a frank assessment of the state of California at the end of its first one hundred years–its history, population, politics, agriculture, and social concerns.
Chavez Ravine 1949: A Los Angeles Story *
Author: Don Normark
Description: Don Normark captured images of the former village and its mostly poor, Mexican residents a few years before it was bulldozed to make way for public housing that was never built. Dodger Stadium is now located on the site.
Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge*
Author: Cheech Marin
Description: Featured artists include present and former Echo Park and Angelino Heights residents Carlos Almaraz (1949-1989), Frank Romero and Patssi Valdez.
Courtyard Housing in Los Angeles: A Typological Analysis *
Authors: Stefanos Polyzoides, Roger Sherwood, James Tice, Julius Shilman.
Description: Several Echo Park courtyard complexes are included in this book on Los Angeles’ unique form of apartment housing.
The Death and Life of Great American Cities *
Author: Jane Jacobs
Description: A direct and fundamentally optimistic indictment of the shortsightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century. The Death and Life of Great American Cities has, since its first publication in 1961, become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured. In prose of outstanding immediacy, Jane Jacobs writes about what makes street safe or unsafe, about what constitutes a neighborhood and what function it serves within the larger organism of the city.
Down by the Los Angeles River*
Author: Joe Linton
Description: The first on-the-ground guide to checking out sites new and old, and getting to know the historic river that runs through greater L.A.
Endangered Dreams: The Great Depression in California *
Author: Kevin Starr
Description: This volume examines the traumatic political and social pressures that changed the state during Great Depression.
Factories in the Field: The Story of Migratory Farm Labor in California *
Author: Carey McWilliams
Description: This book was the first broad expose of the social and environmental damage inflicted by the growth of corporate agriculture in California.
Filipinos in Los Angeles
Author: Mae Respicio Koerner
Description: In the 1920s, the first substantial wave of newcomers settled in downtown Los Angeles, eventually migrating to areas just northwest of downtown, a section of Echo Park now designated by the city as Historic Filipinotown.
Fool’s Paradise: A Carey McWilliams Reader *
Author: Carey McWilliams
Description: A selection of McWilliams stories on topics ranging from racism to commerce and farm labor to California cults.
Glitter, Stucco & Dumpster Diving … Reflections on building production in the vernacular city *
Author: John Chase
Description: In this free-wheeling guided tour to the cityscape of Southern California, from movie star mansions to the alleys of the homeless, urban planner John Chase combines gossip, anecdote, archival research and tabloid-worthy self-revelation, grounding architecture as a multi-disciplinary art.
Griffith Park: A Centennial History *
Author: Mike Eberts
Description: This comprehensive history covers the creation, founding and changes to the city’s largest park.
Ghosts of Echo Park *
Author: Ron Emler and Susan Borden
Description: A colorful pictorial history of the neighborhood.
Harwell Hamilton Harris *
Author: Lisa Germany
Description: Harris was prominent modernist architect who lived in Echo Park during the 1930s.
The Historic Core of Los Angeles *
Authors: Curtis C. Roseman, Ruth Wallach, Dace Taube, Linda McCann, Geoffrey DeVerteuil
Description: In the early 20th century, there was no better example of a classic American downtown than Los Angeles. Since World War II, Los Angeles’s Historic Core has been “passively preserved,” with most of its historic buildings left intact.
Historic Preservation…An Introduction to its History, Principles and Practice *
Author: Norman Tyler
Description: Covering the gamut of preservation issues in layman’s language, the philosophy and history of the movement, the role of government and the documentation and designation of historic properties, it establishes an historic district, sensitive architectural design and planning, as well as preservation technology and the economics of building rehabilitation.
History of Forgetting: Los Angeles Erasure of Memory *
Author: Norman M. Klein
Description: A look at the urban history of Los Angeles, particularly the communities near downtown Los Angeles, including Angelino Heights.
Images of America: Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights*
Author: The Japanese American National Museum
Description: Transformed through the everyday interactions of its diverse residents as well as by political events occurring at the regional, national, and international levels, Boyle Heights’ history reflects the challenges and potential of living in a pluralistic society.
Inventing the Dream: California Through the Progressive Era *
Author: Kevin Starr
Description: This volume focuses on the turn-of-the-century years and the emergence of Southern California as a regional culture.
Keystone: the Life & Clowns of Mack Sennett *
Author: Simon Louvish
Description: A biography of Silent Film director and producer Mack Sennett, who is regarded by many as the father of American slap-stick comedy. Sennett’s former studio in the Edendale section of Echo Park is a city cultural historic monument.
Landmark LA: Historic Cultural Landmarks of Los Angeles *
Author: Jeffrey Herr
Description: A guide to the hundreds of structures and places that are recognized as officials landmarks by the City of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles, an Architectural Guide
Author: Robert Winter and David Gebhard
Description: A comprehensive guide to architecturally notable structures across Los Angeles. Several buildings in Echo Park, Angelino Heights and Silverlake are included.
The Los Angeles River: Its Life, Death and Possible Rebirth *
Author: Blake Gumprecht
Description: A detailed history of the Los Angeles River and recent efforts to restore it.
Los Angeles Art Deco*
Authors: By Suzanne Tarbell Cooper, Amy Ronnebeck Hall, Frank E. Cooper Jr.
Description: Art Deco’s growing recognition coincided with the growth of Los Angeles as the entertainment capital.
Los Angeles in the Thirties *
Author: David Gebhard
Description: A seminal study of the architecture of Los Angeles in the decade when the city came of age.
Material Dreams: Southern California Through the 1920s *
Author: Kevin Starr
Description: In this book, Starr looks at how the roaring 1920s transformed Los Angeles into a sprawling metropolis.
The Name Above the Title: An Autobiography *
Author: Frank Capra
Description: The autobiography of film industry giant Frank Capra.
Pacific Electric Railway Vol. IV – Western Division *
Author: Donald Duke
Description: A detailed look at the trolley lines that served Echo Park and the surrounding area. Photos and maps of every line.
Phil Dike *
Authors: By Janice Lovoos and Gordon T. McClelland
Description: Artist Phil Dike, who lived in Echo Park during the 1930s and 1940s,used water colors to capture the California landscape, becoming one of the region’s most prominent painters during the period.
“Richard Neutra and the Search for Modern Architecture: A Biography and History”
Author: Thomas S. Hines
Description: Many of this modernist architect’s work can be found in nearby Silverlake, where he maintained an office.
Author: Jeanine Basinger
Description: This book devotes a chapter to Edendale’s Mack Sennett and one of his biggest stars, Mabel Normand.
Silent Traces *
Author: John Bengtson
Description: Explore the traces of early Hollywood hidden within Charlie Chaplin’s timeless films. This stunning work of cinematic archeology combines Chaplin’s movie images with archival photographs, vintage maps, and scores of then-and-now comparison photographs to conjure up the silent-movie era from an entirely new perspective.
Sister Aimee: The Life of Aimee Semple McPherson
Author: Daniel Mark Epstein
Description: An extensive biography of legendary evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, whose Angelus Temple sits across from Echo Park Lake.
Southern California: An Island on the Land *
Author: Carey McWilliams
Description: A look at the personalities, cults and culture of Southern California from the 1920s through the 1940s.
Stairway Walks in Los Angeles
Authors: Adah Bakalinsky and Larry Gordon
Description: Stairway Walks in Los Angeles draws you around and behind the scrim of exterior Los Angeles and into its heart – the neighborhoods, the source of the energy and diversity that characterize L.A. – the human-scaled L.A. These neighborhood walks focus on the public stairways, an urban legacy devoted to pedestrianism. The ever-changing views, the natural history, the architecture and the social life all become part of the exploration of the stairways.
Street Meeting: Multiethnic Neighborhoods in Early Twentieth Century Los Angeles *
Author: Mark Wild
Description: This book examines interactions among working-class Mexicans, Chinese, Japanese, Jews, Italians, African Americans, and others, reminding us that Los Angeles has been a multiethnic city since its birth.
Victorian Exterior Decoration…How to Paint Your Nineteenth-Century American
Author: Roger W. Moss and Gail Caskey Winkler
Description: This book provides a foolproof system for choosing the colors that will best suit the particular style of your house. It shows you step-by-step how to apply historically accurate paint colors, how to treat wood, what sort of finish to use, and even the proper brushes to choose, as well as an invaluable section on surface preparation to provide protection against peeling paint or rust.
Walls & Molding. . . How to Care for Old and Historic Wood and Plaster
Author: Natalie Shivers
Description: How to care for old and historic wood and plaster – this book discusses the best methods for removing stains from wood finishes, how to determine the type of finish on your molding, how to repair the cracks in your plaster cornice. Answers to hundreds of questions unique to caring for a repairing same as well as describing the history of these key features and clearly explains how to save and repair them.
A Guide to the Repair & Restoration of Wood Windows *
Author: Terence Meany
Description: Simple, clear instructions on how to fix inoperable or broken windows and save thousands of dollars in the process. Detailed instructions provided with detail and humor on how to repair, replace or restore almost any window, regardless of age. There are repair hints and tricks of the trade you won’t find anywhere else. It is filled with line drawings and practical tips whether you are a craftsman or a do-it-yourselfer.
William Mulholland and the Rise of Los Angeles *
Author: Catherine Mulholland
Description: The giant system of imported water that Mulholland created had a huge impact on the development of early Los Angeles.
* This book was donated to the Echo Park and Edendale branch libraries through the Ron Emler Memorial Book Program.